Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays of the year. It’s so nice getting together with family and taking a day to remember all of those things that we are thankful for in the midst of all of life’s challenges. It’s a time to gain perspective on what’s really important in our lives.
It’s also a time to reflect on the fact that you’ll probably consume 7,000 calories in one day while eating for eight hours straight!
This is where our Thanksgiving dental tips come in handy. With all of the nonstop nibbling that most of us do on this holiday, it’s almost impossible not to have one of the worst days for our teeth that we may have all year.
Here are a few tips on how to NOT make Thanksgiving the worst day of the year for your teeth.
Drink water while you eat. One of the worst things you can do is to nibble on food all day, because your saliva doesn’t have a chance to get your teeth clean throughout the day, and bacteria just continues to breed.
Brush, rinse, and floss if you can. Many people travel for Thanksgiving and forget or don’t want to pack a toothbrush.
Stay away from foods that stain. Try to steer clear of foods that may have strong coloring to them – such as cranberries – so the colors don’t end up on your teeth.
Bring your floss. Even though it may be more difficult to bring a toothbrush or mouthwash, it’s very easy to take your floss with you wherever you may go.
The Good and Bad of Your Favorite Thanksgiving Foods
Turkey is packed with protein, but can get stuck between your teeth.
Cranberry sauce is tasty, but can be sticky and may temporarily stain your teeth.
Yams are rich in Vitamins A and C, which help keep your gums healthy, but avoid marshmallows that can damage your teeth.
Macaroni and cheese has calcium, which strengthens teeth, but pastas are also starchy and can leave sugar behind.
Pumpkin pie has Vitamin A, which helps keep your gums healthy, but there’s added sugar in the pie and whatever whipped topping you put on top.
We are very thankful for all of our incredible patients that we’ve had the privilege of getting to know over the years, and wish each of you a happy Thanksgiving spent with family and friends!